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COVID-19 Update for UA School Staff and Families

Last Updated: 09/16/2021

Dear UA participant,

During this extended period of uncertainty around the coronavirus, we are all working to maintain health and safety while continuing to provide Urban Advantage programming. Modifications to Urban Advantage’s family programs during the 2021-2022 school year continue to include major changes to the admissions procedures at UA partner institutions. Please read below.

In response to the Delta variant and the dangerous rise in COVID-19 cases in New York City, and to encourage everyone who is eligible for a vaccine to get vaccinated against COVID, the Mayor is mandating that certain categories of businesses in NYC required proof of COVID-19 vaccination for visitors and employees.  The executive order can be seen here.

All UA partner institutions are affected by this mandate, and UA advises you to carefully look at the policies at each UA institution before visiting. Guidelines by individual UA partner institutions are listed below.

In general, visitors 12 years of age and above will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination and a corresponding photo ID to enter indoor premises. The vaccination mandate does not replace the mask requirement. Visitors are required to wear a mask also.  The requirement to book timed tickets in advance remains in effect at most UA institutions. Please visit http://www.uanyc.science/vouchers for more information or contact the institution you wish to visit directly to get more information. You may also need to request your vouchers directly from your child’s UA teacher.

For UA Teachers, Administrators and Parent Coordinators, most professional learning (PL) will be online this year. Our UA catalog of professional learning courses (found in your myUA portal) will provide you with additional information for planning your year with us.

Sincerely yours,
The UA partners

Health and Safety at the American Museum of Natural History During COVID-19

(For more information please visit: https://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/covid-19-visitors-staff )

In accordance with the New York City vaccine requirement, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter AMNH. Beginning Wednesday, August 25 visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination. 

Personal identification with name and photo or date of birth is also required for visitors ages 18 and over. Examples of accepted forms of identification include driver’s license, non-driver government ID card, passport, or school ID card. 

Proof of vaccination may include:

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the FDA or WHO are acceptable)
  • Date(s) administered
  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it.

The health and safety of visitors and staff is a top priority. A number of changes have been made to ticketing and operating procedures based on guidance from public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.

For more information please visit: https://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/covid-19-visitors-staff

Health and Safety at the Bronx Zoo During COVID-19

(For more information please visit: https://bronxzoo.com/plan-your-visit/know-before-you-go

In accordance with the New York City vaccine requirement, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter indoor exhibits at the Bronx Zoo. Beginning Monday, September 13, visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination to access indoor exhibit spaces. Face masks are required on grounds at the zoo. For more details regarding our mask policy, please visit: https://bronxzoo.com/plan-your-visit/know-before-you-go#mask  

For more information about accessing the Bronx Zoo including what forms of proof of vaccination you can use, please see the Bronx Zoo Vaccination Policy.

The health and safety of visitors and staff is a top priority. A number of changes have been made to ticketing and operating procedures based on guidance from public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.

Health and Safety at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden During COVID-19

Following CDC, City, and State guidelines, visitors to Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) who are fully vaccinated may visit outdoor areas of the Garden without face coverings. 

Visitors who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings everywhere on Garden premises.

All visitors should maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others not in their group.

All visitors aged 12 and older are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and identification to enter indoor areas, except for restrooms.  Indoor spaces include indoor dining locations (including catered events), classrooms, Gift Shop, and the Steinhardt Conservatory.  

All guests over age 2 must wear face coverings indoors.

Note: 

  • Some areas of the Garden may be closed or restricted. Please follow signs and stay on designated paths.
  • Some indoor spaces, including the Conservatory, Administration Building, Yellow Magnolia Café, Library, and Visitor Center lobby, are closed. Check the website for updates on access to these areas.
  • For everyone’s safety, the Garden reserves the right to deny or revoke the admission of any visitor who refuses to comply with health and safety guidelines. Thank you for being considerate of others

Health and Safety at the New York Aquarium During COVID-19

(For more information please visit: https://nyaquarium.com/plan-your-visit/know-before-you-go)    

In accordance with the New York City vaccine requirement, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter indoor exhibits at the Bronx Zoo. Beginning Monday, September 13, visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination to access indoor exhibit spaces. Face masks are required on grounds at the zoo. For more details regarding our mask policy, please visit: https://nyaquarium.com/plan-your-visit/know-before-you-go#mask 

For more information about accessing the Bronx Zoo including what forms of proof of vaccination you can use, please see the New York Aquarium Vaccination Policy.

The health and safety of visitors and staff is a top priority. A number of changes have been made to ticketing and operating procedures based on guidance from public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.

Health and Safety at New York Botanical Garden During COVID-19

(For more information please visit:https://www.nybg.org/faq-vaccination/

In accordance with New York City Executive Order 225, all visitors ages 12 and older must show valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for entry to indoor exhibition spaces and facilities, and all dining venues.

  • Visitors over the age of 18 must also supply official identification displaying name and photo or date of birth.
  • Visitors who do not supply valid proof of vaccination and ID are only permitted entry to outdoor gardens and restrooms.
  • Children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by a vaccinated adult may enter indoor exhibition spaces and facilities, and all dining venues.
  • All visitors are required to wear face coverings indoors and in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and the Edible Academy.

NYBG continues to monitor CDC, state, and city guidelines.

Health and Safety at New York Hall of Science During COVID-19

(For more information please visit: https://nysci.org/visit#visitors_policies_section)

Due to the Key to NYC Mandate proof of vaccination is required for entry

For guests 12 years and older:

Please be ready to present (any of the following):

  • Excelsior pass
  • NYC COVID Safe App
  • CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)
  • NYS Vaccination Record
  • Official Immunization Record from outside New York

Guests 18 years and older 

must also present valid photo ID

MASKS REQUIRED 

for all guests, regardless of age or vaccination status.

Health and Safety at the Queens Botanical Garden During COVID-19

(For more information please visit: https://queensbotanical.org/hours_admission/#health—safety)

Queens Botanical Garden is a mostly outdoor facility. At this time, vaccinated visitors and staff are not required to wear masks outdoors, regardless of distancing. Individuals may choose to still wear masks.

Our indoor spaces include: the QBG Store, indoor wedding spaces, classrooms, and the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery.  To ensure the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community members, Queens Botanical Garden is required to implement Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Emergency Executive Order 225 and vaccine mandate, Key to NYC, which requires people 12 years of age and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor entertainment, recreation, dining, and fitness settings.

Proof of vaccination (at least 1 shot) may include:

Personal identification with name and photo or date of birth is also required for visitors ages 18 and over. Examples of accepted forms of identification include driver’s license, non-driver government ID card, passport, or school ID card. 

Masks must also be worn while indoors.

Individuals planning to enter our buildings for a prolonged stay (more than 15 minutes), should do a self-assessment before arrival. If any of the answers to the question below is “yes,” the visitor should stay home:

  1. Have I experienced in the last 48 hours, any new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms?
  2. If unvaccinated, have I had close contact (being within six feet for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period) or proximate contact (as determined by health authorities) in the past 10 days with any person confirmed by diagnostic test, or suspected based on symptoms, to have COVID-19?
  3. Have I tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?

Health and Safety at the Staten Island Zoo During COVID-19

(For more information please visit: http://www.statenislandzoo.org/what-to-expect/ )

As of September 13th, and in accordance with New York City Executive order No. 225, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all guests 12+ to enter the Zoo. Masks are required while visiting all indoor exhibits, our Zoo café, and any indoor facility, such as our auditorium, events tent, and restrooms. Online reservations will also be required for admission.

Children 11 years and younger are permitted to enter the Zoo with a vaccinated adult chaperone. 

Guests 18+ must also show an official form of identification with name and photo or date of birth, such as a driver’s license, non-driver government ID, IDNYC, passport, or School ID.

Proof of vaccination (at least 1 shot) may include:

We are 100% committed to providing a safe, rewarding, and fun experience for our Zoo patrons. Animal exhibits, park operations, and Zoo grounds may experience some change as we navigate local, state and federal guidelines. When possible, advance notice will be provided. While some changes may be visible, we’ve worked hard to maintain the same familiarity and charm associated with the Staten Island Zoo, NYC’s biggest little zoo. We look forward to your visit! 



Last Updated: 09/16/2021